Following pledges from the Labour and Liberal Democrat parties, the Conservative Party has promised to begin a wide-ranging review of the Gambling Act as part of its new manifesto.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson was speaking in Telford on Sunday at the launch of the new manifesto. The document outlines how a new Conservative government would go about building a new framework for the economy outside of the European Union.
The Prime Minister said that an essential part of the conservative party’s plans was to update the existing digital framework in the UK. He also said that he wanted to introduce laws that would make the UK the safest jurisdiction for Internet usage in the world.
During his speech at Sunday’s launch Johnson said that the government was focused on ensuring that children were protected from online harm, and he raised the Gambling Act. Johnson said that the law was outdated and in need of review. Specifically, he said that his government would take closer look at the legislative framework as it applied to the misuse of credit cards and loot boxes.
Johnson’s remarks come at a time when youth charities and other stakeholders such as the Children
Commissioner England have expressed concerns about the fact that loot boxes in video games are not fully regulated. Some have suggested that they are the equivalent of gambling and that they encourage underage play is to risk real money.
The UK parliament is presently awaiting the findings of a House of Lords select committee’s investigation into the social and economic impact of the gambling industry as it applies to UK society. At the last hearing of the committee members interviewed gambling addicts and listened to their accounts of using loans and credit cards to fund their gambling.